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Comment Re:LOL screw the EU (Score 1) 162

If you seriously think that economic disasters in Greece and Spain were caused by their governments and banks have no parts in it, I only have one question for you.

What are the base principles behind that device that allows creation of tunnel that lets you post on slashdot from a different universe and how can I build one?

Comment Re:In other Kiev news (Score 4, Interesting) 233

The mess started with Ukraine basically being forced to choose between economic deal with EU, or economic deal with Russia. Right now, they have a deal with Russia. Problem is that if they also make a deal with EU, it would allow exporters to basically push their EU>Russia exports which are extremely lucrative though Ukraine to avoid tariffs.

A very large part of Russia's budget comes from these tariffs, so Russia explicitly stated that it will not allow for such an obvious loophole, and that if Ukraine does make a deal with EU, current deal with Russia is off.

At the same time, Ukraine is effectively divided along the linguistic lines. About half the country speaks russian, and another half speaks ukrainian. Kiev is in the ukrainian-speaking region, so it's always a mess when a pro-russian speaking government is in power and does something that ukrainian speaking leaders don't like.

There are some other rather nasty issues, like the nature of current protests. Lviv, the home city of the current waves of protests is the home of extreme right movement in Ukraine, borderline nazi movement that wants to purge everyone ranging from russian-speaking minority to jewish and polish minorities. They have about 8% popular support across Ukraine but well in excess of 20% in their hometown of Lviv. They have been a very important power behind mobilizing the current protests, and they also appear to be the ones turning them violent.

Majority of those protesting just want a more EU-like rule. Less corruption, more wealth to the citizens. This is actually one thing that likely unites both the part of the nation protesting and one that is not - they all agree that government is corrupt and want better rule. It's just that pro-Western leaders that were in power for years before showed to be even more corrupt then current leadership, so options are pretty slim.

Also Eastern russian speaking part of the country is calm - it's actually industrialized and manufactures a lot of high tech things such as military helicopter engines for Russia's Mil helicopters. They have a very healthy export economy and they need good relations with Russia - Russia proposed an economic union similar to EU which would bring massive economic boon to that region. This is also why most of the Ukraine's oligarchs who own the heavy industries support the moves to approach Russia, and why they are against the EU deal - they need the current deal with Russia so that their heavy industry exports can continue. In light of the mess in Ukraine, Russia has already made some steps to isolate itself from potential fallout and parts shortage that breaking of their trade agreements with Ukraine would cause, such as laying down a new helicopter engine factory near St. Petersburg. This is very worrying for Ukrainian exporters located in the East for the obvious reasons.

On the other hand Western ukrainian speaking half is mainly agricultural, and of those exports, they want to send as much as possible to EU as it's a very lucrative market. Right now, tariffs keep that trade low, while on Russian market they have to compete with EU companies AND Asian ones. Russian agricultural market is very lucrative, but also extremely competitive and Ukraine doesn't really have the ultra-efficiency of EU competitors, nor extremely cheap labour of the Asian countries. The deal with EU would bring at least some potential prosperity to that part of the country as Ukraine would be able to supply cheap labour-based agricultural products to EU. It's highly unlikely that any of the high-tech exports would be allowed in EU however.

So there you have it. A country split among the linguistic, economic and ideological lines. And split is fairly even, right now it's something around 55% pro West and 45% pro East. No matter who wins in the current political struggle, half of the country will feel it lost. It's a mess. And in addition to that, no matter who it chooses economically, half of the country will likely get economically hit.

On a final note, there's the Ukraine's current economy, which is in shambles. Ukraine desperately needs funds to keep it afloat, and they were allowed to think that if they signed the deal with EU, EU would assist with loans. That was back when they started the negotiations and EU was in a good economic situation. Right now, EU itself is a mess and cannot afford to give out cheap loans - they need them for PIGS (well, minus Ireland which seems to be recovering on the free ride of double irish taxation regime which is a story of its own). So suddenly Ukraine was placed in a situation where it could not receive the loans it needed. Russia on the other hand, keen to push its new economic union model agreed to finance Ukraine with cheap loans. Yanukovitch tried to basically use Russia's offer to try to get money from EU, but it didn't work. So he accepted Russia's offer.

Overall, situation is completely out of control. No one expected it to get that bad, and now it seems that no one really knows what to do about it. I strongly suspect that about the only solution left will soon be use of force to pacify the violent protests, and EU will use a lot of angry words but Yanukovitch will be allowed to pacify the country through use of force - because no one wants Ukraine in grips of some sort of a civil war. It's simply too close to both EU and Russia for either one to allow it to sink that low. And that's where the country seems to be headed right now.

Comment Re:LOL screw the EU (Score 1) 162

1. I'm not an American.

2. That is called "technological progress". Issue is, that in spite of it massively pushing forward even today, quality of life is actually going down.

That suggests we have hit the saturation point where parasitic corporatism is so powerful, that even technological progress can no longer hide its inefficiency.

Comment Re:But still crappy 1366x768 resolution screens (Score 1) 513

I keep hearing this excuse, yet I never saw a period when this was true. Unless you are looking for utter high end laptop ONLY, meaning extreme internals, in which case price doesn't come from the screen but from the internals.

All my laptops were 768p except for one back in very early 2000s, which was 4:3 1024p because I needed vertical space at the time and judged 4:3 1200p to be uncomfortable to use. Every time I was buying and I do mean every single time, there was an affordable 1080p laptop or two in my selection list, which I always dropped because GPU was too weak to drive it for my usage pattern. They still are, because a laptop with 1080p screen would need a much bigger battery and much more powerful GPU than 786p. Approximately twice as powerful GPU alone that is.

And being actually mobile, that means that whereas I can live with integrated solutions on 786p, 1080p would require a discreet GPU, which is just unaffordable in terms of power consumption and increased cost. My laptop also needs to be fairly disposable as I tend to drag them through rather harsh environments.

Comment Re:LOL screw the EU (Score 1) 162

That's one hell of a twisted version of it.

Considering that about the only problem I did see was the discrimination against certain people, and everything else you mention is pretty much imaginary or not a problem, I would take it over not getting a job, or getting fired over getting sick, or because company wants to hire someone from China to do your job, or just not being liked by the boss any day, yes.

And mind you, single people didn't get discriminated against. They got fast tracked since they could travel freely and could do the job that required quick response (i.e. moving when necessary).

As for getting cheated on pensions, you are utterly clueless. My generation, we will get cheated on pensions due to current situation with population and the fact that there won't be anyone to pay for mine. The generation currently on pension on the other hand is living off their pensions in Thailand and Spain like kings.

But hey, if you want to think that if you're talented, you're somehow better off today than you were a few decades ago, keep on living that dream. Reality is, nepotism is much stronger today and advancing purely on talent was much easier a few decades ago, unless you are absolutely exceptional.

Comment Re:HP, HP, Hurray (Score 1) 513

The problem is the cheap consumer laptop market and the rise of chromebooks which is attributed to the fact that people walk into the store looking to buy a cheap laptop, ask for windows, get told that cheap laptops only come with 8, ask for options, get shown chromebook and buy that as it actually is more usable than w8 laptop to them.

Comment Re:too bad it's HP (Score 1) 513

First time I hear of this. I've had several HP laptops and they are absolute trucks in terms of reliability. Better than anything I've had to date.

My current 350€ cheapo HP laptop has to endure high humidity, extreme cold (it's -20C right now as I'm typing this) and so on. It has fallen to the floor from the table several times while working, and it has once actually gotten hit by a shower (as in in the bathroom, don't ask) for about half a minute before I got to it to take it from under the stream. I got about 1/3 litre of water out of its insides when I turned it upside down to see if some water got in. It was working during this process. I drag it everywhere with me - that's why I bought a cheap HP laptop. I needed reliability even in harsh conditions, and I needed it to be cheap enough in case where if it's stolen, it won't be a significant financial hit.

It's still trucking along just fine.

Comment Re:Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (Score 1) 513

But flaws typically outweigh benefits significantly. You still have to use classic shell on win7 start menu to get to be as accessible as XP's start menu. Search in it is nice and it's certainly better than old "start > click search > type" (and win7 indexing service is linked to it and it works a whole lot better than XP's indexing service), but they did mangle tree style start menu pretty badly in 7.

I can't help but think that muted reaction to mangling of start menu in 7 was one of the main reasons why MS thought they could get away with gutting it entirely in 8.

Comment Re:HP has the pull to get MS to fix windows by 8.2 (Score 1) 513

You sure work hard trying to defend the indefensible. Unfortunately I have bad news for you - you can scream "windows 8 is awesome and everyone who doesn't like it is a moron" until your throat bleeds - and no one here will care. Because they experienced it for themselves and they know it's a turd.

And sadly, people like you are the major cause of the problem. The louder PR people like you scream, the less people at microsoft feel pressured to actually deliver something people would want to use. And so, crappy thin clients like Chrome OS actually grab a significant market share.

If you're a MS shill, you're exceptionally dumb. If you're a google shill, you're exceptionally devious.

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